Historical happenings

7/4/1796 ~ 1st Independence Day celebration is held

7/4/1817 ~ Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, (Rome, New York), one of the first great engineering works in North America

7/4/1892 ~ Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4.

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